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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Class 3-A's resident CuteGhostGirl Sayo Aisaka's only initial fetter is [[AcademyOfAdventure Mahora Academy]] (she can't travel far outside the school). Later Kazumi Asakura, who has sat next to her for more than two years, serves as a fetter, a bit of a [[HeterosexualLifePartner different sort]]. Finally, she is given a doll to possess, which lets her travel to the [[MagicalLand magical world]] as well as providing a physical body to manipulate.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'': Class 3-A's resident CuteGhostGirl Sayo Aisaka's only initial fetter is [[AcademyOfAdventure Mahora Academy]] (she can't travel far outside the school). Later Kazumi Asakura, who has sat next to her for more than two years, serves as a fetter, a bit of a [[HeterosexualLifePartner different sort]]. Finally, she is given a doll to possess, which lets her travel to the [[MagicalLand magical world]] as well as providing a physical body to manipulate.



* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', the Quarmerrs -incorporeal beings of an alternate dimension- enter Earth across dimensional portals and bind themselves to different items. One of them penetrates the statue of an oriental war-demon and possesses it, causing it to come alive.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', ''ComicBook/KryptoniteNevermore'', the Quarmerrs -incorporeal beings of an alternate dimension- enter Earth across dimensional portals and bind themselves to different items. One of them penetrates the statue of an oriental war-demon and possesses it, causing it to come alive.



* Creator/TanithLee's ''Kill the Dead''. Ghosts have an item from their previous life that links them to this plane. If the item is damaged or destroyed the ghost is sent to its final destination.

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* Creator/TanithLee's ''Kill the Dead''.''Literature/KillTheDead''. Ghosts have an item from their previous life that links them to this plane. If the item is damaged or destroyed the ghost is sent to its final destination.



* In Jennifer Crusie's ''Maybe This Time'', discovering where the fetters are is crucial to disposing of ghosts.

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* In Jennifer Crusie's ''Maybe This Time'', ''Literature/MaybeThisTime'', discovering where the fetters are is crucial to disposing of ghosts.

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* ''Literature/FamilySkeletonMysteries'': The Thackery family has long theorized that Sid, the titular family skeleton, is either a really skinny zombie, or this trope -- a ghost haunting his own bones. Main protagonist and narrator Georgia Thackery prefers the latter theory.

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* In the backstory of ''Fanfic/JauneArcLordOfHunger'', [[BigBad Darth Nihilus]] discovered that as he drained the LifeEnergy from those around him, his body gradually underwent a CessationOfExistence as it faded away into the Force. To keep himself anchored to the mortal realm, Nihilus bound his soul to his mask, which his spirit continued to haunt for several millennia. Anyone who touches the mask ends up possessed by Nihilus's Force ghost.
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* The ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' uses a few variants on this trope.
** The ghosts of Herald Vanyel, Bard Stefen, and Companion Yfandes willingly bind themselves to a forest to serve as magical guardians there. When they need to travel, they ask a magical being to move the remains of Stefen's harp to the new location so they can migrate to it.
** The ancient mage Ma'ar uses his own ''bloodline'' as his attachment to the world (he's been body-surfing for centuries). Whenever any descendant of his with Adept potential uses a certain spell, Ma'ar's spirit can instantly take over.
** The spellsword Need turns out to be inhabited by an ''old'' spirit who died so that her soul could empower the blade. When the magic holding the sword together finally evaporates, her spirit departs the world -- though of course she's not "dead" in any strong sense and could, if she so desired, even [[{{Reincarnation}} come back]].



* When a person dies in ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' they become a Plus, a ghost bound to their body by a length of chain coming from their chest called a "Chain of Fate". If the person has regrets about something when they die, the chain will become bound to that thing instead. They are then called Jiibakurei if the chain becomes attached to a place or a Tsukirei if it is to a person. If the Chain of Fate of a ghost is destroyed, they then become a [[TheHeartless Hollow]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has this in droves. Class 3-A's resident CuteGhostGirl Sayo Aisaka's only initial fetter is [[AcademyOfAdventure Mahora Academy]] (she can't travel far outside the school). Later Kazumi Asakura, who has sat next to her for more than two years, serves as a fetter, a bit of a [[HeterosexualLifePartner different sort]]. Finally, she is given a doll to possess, which lets her travel to the [[MagicalLand magical world]] as well as providing a physical body to manipulate.

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\n* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': When a person dies in ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' someone dies, they become a Plus, a ghost bound to their body by a length of chain coming from their chest called a "Chain of Fate". If the person has regrets about something when they die, the chain will become bound to that thing instead. They are then called Jiibakurei if the chain becomes attached to a place or a Tsukirei if it is to a person. If the Chain of Fate of a ghost is destroyed, they then become a [[TheHeartless Hollow]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has this in droves. ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Class 3-A's resident CuteGhostGirl Sayo Aisaka's only initial fetter is [[AcademyOfAdventure Mahora Academy]] (she can't travel far outside the school). Later Kazumi Asakura, who has sat next to her for more than two years, serves as a fetter, a bit of a [[HeterosexualLifePartner different sort]]. Finally, she is given a doll to possess, which lets her travel to the [[MagicalLand magical world]] as well as providing a physical body to manipulate.
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* In the television version of ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' Bob the Skull becomes the bound soul of Hrothbert of Bainbridge, an evil sorcerer and necromancer fettered for eternity to his own skull.

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\n* In the television version of ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'' ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'': Bob the Skull becomes the bound soul of Hrothbert of Bainbridge, an evil sorcerer and necromancer fettered for eternity to his own skull.















* Lewis's heart locket in ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated''. He can retreat into it and materialize from it and it cracks when his heart is broken.

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* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'': Lewis's heart locket locket, floating in ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated''. He front of his chest, is the only part of him still physical; he can retreat into it and materialize from out of it at will, it alters itself with his mood or emotions, and it cracks when his heart is broken. others can interact with it.








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* ''Literature/TheLockedTomb'': Revenants can theoretically house their souls in anything with enough exposure to their ''thalergy'', i.e. LifeEnergy, and ''thanergy'', i.e. the {{necroman|cer}}tic energy of their death. Usually this means things like grave goods or the weapon used to kill them, but sufficiently strong-willed beings can use more tenuous connections or even generate new thanergetic connections posthumously.



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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': In "The Call", Mary Ann Lindeby's spirit possessed her self-portrait, a bronze sculpture on display at the Civic Art Gallery, after she [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]].


* The Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' begins with a wizard escaping death by binding his soul to his staff, which he continues to haunt, exerting a baleful influence on the staff's next owner.
* Invoked in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'': The ghost of King Verence slips a pebble from the castle into Nanny Ogg's pocket while she's in the castle, allowing him to talk to her (the ghosts are bound to the castle stones). Unfortunately, this also causes the ''other'' ghosts to visit, and while Nanny doesn't mind some of them, the monkeyman (the castle was built over his burial mound) and the screaming woman in the chariot need to go.
* Cribbins stole a set of spring dentures from a man just before killing him in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' which are possibly haunted by the previous owner's ghost. Certainly he has great difficulty in keeping the things in his mouth, [[spoiler:and finally exercizing LaserGuidedKarma at the climax when a spring goes through his brain.]]

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* The Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' ''Literature/{{Sourcery}}'' begins with a wizard escaping death by binding his soul to his staff, which he continues to haunt, exerting a baleful influence on the staff's next owner.
* Invoked in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'': ''Literature/WyrdSisters'': The ghost of King Verence slips a pebble from the castle into Nanny Ogg's pocket while she's in the castle, allowing him to talk to her (the ghosts are bound to the castle stones). Unfortunately, this also causes the ''other'' ghosts to visit, and while Nanny doesn't mind some of them, the monkeyman (the castle was built over his burial mound) and the screaming woman in the chariot need to go.
* Cribbins stole a set of spring dentures from a man just before killing him in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' ''Literature/MakingMoney'' which are possibly haunted by the previous owner's ghost. Certainly he has great difficulty in keeping the things in his mouth, [[spoiler:and finally exercizing LaserGuidedKarma at the climax when a spring goes through his brain.]]


* One of the [[PlotCoupon magic coins]] acts as these to [[spoiler:Lazerby]] in ''VisualNovel/ThePiratesFate''. Given its power of (sort of) granting desires, he's using its magic to stay tied to this world, and anchoring it with [[JacobMarleyApparel the chains of greed he forged in life]]; without it, he disappears immediately.

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* One of the [[PlotCoupon magic coins]] acts as these this to [[spoiler:Lazerby]] in ''VisualNovel/ThePiratesFate''. Given its power of (sort of) granting desires, he's using its magic to stay tied to this world, and anchoring it with [[JacobMarleyApparel the chains of greed he forged in life]]; without it, he disappears immediately.


* One of the [[MacGuffinThatActuallyDoesSomething magic coins]] acts as these to [[spoiler:Lazerby]] in ''VisualNovel/ThePiratesFate''. Given its power of (sort of) granting desires, he's using its magic to stay tied to this world, and anchoring it with [[JacobMarleyApparel the chains of greed he forged in life]]; without it, he disappears immediately.

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* One of the [[MacGuffinThatActuallyDoesSomething [[PlotCoupon magic coins]] acts as these to [[spoiler:Lazerby]] in ''VisualNovel/ThePiratesFate''. Given its power of (sort of) granting desires, he's using its magic to stay tied to this world, and anchoring it with [[JacobMarleyApparel the chains of greed he forged in life]]; without it, he disappears immediately.



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* One of the [[MacGuffinThatActuallyDoesSomething magic coins]] acts as these to [[spoiler:Lazerby]] in ''VisualNovel/ThePiratesFate''. Given its power of (sort of) granting desires, he's using its magic to stay tied to this world, and anchoring it with [[JacobMarleyApparel the chains of greed he forged in life]]; without it, he disappears immediately.

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* Lewis's heart locket in ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated''. He can retreat into it and materialize from it and it cracks when his heart is broken.
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* In ''TheVampireDiaries'' [[spoiler: Elena's necklace]] is used by the [[spoiler: Original Witch it once belonged to]] to give her a connection to the living world, and let her cast spells to further weaken the barrier between the world of the living and the dead.

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* In ''TheVampireDiaries'' ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' [[spoiler: Elena's necklace]] is used by the [[spoiler: Original Witch it once belonged to]] to give her a connection to the living world, and let her cast spells to further weaken the barrier between the world of the living and the dead.

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* Invoked in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'': The ghost of King Verence slips a pebble from the castle into Nanny Ogg's pocket while she's in the castle, allowing him to talk to her (the ghosts are bound to the castle stones). Unfortunately, this also causes the ''other'' ghosts to visit, and while Nanny doesn't mind some of them, the monkeyman (the castle was built over his burial mound) and the screaming woman in the chariot need to go.
* Cribbins stole a set of spring dentures from a man just before killing him in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' which are possibly haunted by the previous owner's ghost. Certainly he has great difficulty in keeping the things in his mouth, [[spoiler:and finally exercizing LaserGuidedKarma at the climax when a spring goes through his brain.]]


* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptonNevermore'', the Quarmerrs -incorporeal beings of an alternate dimension- enter Earth across dimensional portals and bind themselves to different items. One of them penetrates the statue of an oriental war-demon and possesses it, causing it to come alive.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptonNevermore'', ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', the Quarmerrs -incorporeal beings of an alternate dimension- enter Earth across dimensional portals and bind themselves to different items. One of them penetrates the statue of an oriental war-demon and possesses it, causing it to come alive.

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